Iced Hibiscus Tea
- TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN
- SERVINGS: Makes 2 quarts
Nadia Roden discovered this tangy and sweet beverage in Egypt, where people stop at street vendors to drink and chat all day long.
- 2 quarts plus 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers (1 1/2 ounces; see Note)
- 1 cup sugar
- Ice cubes
- In a medium saucepan, combine the water and hibiscus flowers and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Add the sugar and cook, stirring, until dissolved. Pour the drink into a medium bowl. Fill a larger bowl with ice water and set the smaller bowl inside. Stir the drink occasionally until chilled, about 10 minutes. Strain the cooler into a pitcher and serve in tall glasses over ice.